Should I Go to Medical School?

Should I Go to Medical School

Why do you want to go to medical school?

Is medical school right for you?  Do you want to become a doctor? Is becoming a physician your road to “the good life?”

If you’re on a pre-med path through college, these are questions you’ve probably heard before We know how big of a responsibility making these decisions can be. Like most pre-med students, you probably have a response ready: my dad/mom was a doctor; I want to help people; I love science; I have always wanted to be a doctor.

With a unique spin on that common question, a blog post on listed 5 reasons why you shouldn’t go to medical school. It’s not as discouraging as it sounds; author Brian J. Secemsky, MD, is merely reflecting on the current realities of embarking on a career in medicine.

Another way to approach this list is to turn it into reasons that you SHOULD go to medical school. You should go to medical school if:

  • You have a constant thirst for knowledge.
  • You’re capable of meeting challenges like sifting through bureaucracy and troubleshooting solutions when treatments aren’t effective.
  • You‘re a people person—both with colleagues and patients.
  • You’re fascinated by the human body, diseases , and their treatments.
  • You’re able to make sacrifices in the other areas of your life—at least temporarily.

Not only are these traits that I would personally like to exhibit as a physician, but they are also traits that I would like my physician to exhibit.

The point that really sticks with me is the piece about temporarily sacrificing other aspects of your life. By the time you are applying to medical school, you have already had some experience with putting your friends and family on hold. You have spent long nights and weekends studying for the MCAT or some overly intense undergraduate class. I can’t even count the number of times I have had to apologize for not being able to make time for an event due to studying, physician shadowing, volunteering, or just trying to be the superwoman that a med school applicant needs to be.

Now that I have completed my degree and been accepted to medical school, I am soaking up all the time I can with friends and family before I crawl back under my rock.

For future physicians, it must truly be our passion that keeps us motivated on our path to medical school. It’s what makes the short-term sacrifices worth the end result of becoming a doctor and living our version of “the good life.”

Are there any things you have had to give up during your pre-med career? What do you anticipate having to sacrifice during medical school?  Tell us in the comments.

“Dedicate your life to a cause greater than yourself, and your life will become a glorious romance and adventure.”

– Mack Douglas

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  • Neel Patel

    I have made and still making several sacrifices for my dream of getting into medical school and becoming a doctor. Medicine is all about making sacrifices because it is a field of service to people at the expense of our own needs and pleasures. I immigrated to US when I started my college with premed track. It was obvious that I wasn’t going to have full use of all opportunities as other premeds were since I was busy making myself accustom to environment of new country. I am holding full time job, and heavy load of studies. Can’t find enough time for family and friends and sometimes making friends was a thing to ponder over because there was and is no time for it. I know all this sacrifices will even be continued in Med school but at the end of day, it is the feeling of serving someone and see them happy matters most to me. If one isn’t ready to sacrifice no matter how worst situation gets, one cannot become a better doctor. So, I think, one should be ready to dust away craving for pleasures every day before stepping into Medicine because if we seek pleasure over sacrifice, someone will get hurt.

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